Southwest Events

VITA-Learn SW members hail from communities that range from Weybridge in the north, to Pownal in the south. We are a diverse group of techs, teachers, and learners who practice the integration of educational technology into instructional practice.

Please join us at our VITA-Learn SW meeting on February 2, 2016, hosted by Mount Anthony Union Middle School from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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SW Region Meeting –
February 2, 2016 4:30 – 630
Mount Anthony Union Middle SchoolAgenda

Meet and greet
Dave Hansen, VITA-Learn board member – Announcemets
Peter Drescher – Open Education Resources OER
Sally Bisaccio – ComputerCraft Presentation – MinecraftEdu as a platform for coding
Drawing for $100 Mini Grant
Drawing for the traveling Sphero Spark programmable robot

Mount Anthony Union Middle School
747 East Rd, Bennington, VT 05201

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Southwest Region

News – Announcements – Discussion
Dynamic Landscapes registration is open and this year’s schedule looks grrreat!
Quick review of Project Ignite Recognition afternoon
Follow-up discussion on the idea of a summer ‘tech-do’ in the south this year.

Local pizza pies and drinks

Intro to Google Play for Education – Your one-stop shop for class content for your Chromebooks and Android tablets.

Infographics – as a data visualization tool a well-designed infographic can simplify a complicated topic. Designing infographics promotes creativity, critical thinking, and the
ability to distill and communicate information effectively.
Plus, they’re fun!

Drawing for a $100. mini grant. First time participants receive 2 chances to win!
Last month’s winner, Mark Klein, Duxbury High School, will share how he used the mini grant… if not in person then via an alternate route.

Arlington Memorial School is located at 529 East Arlington Road in Arlington, Vermont

We will be meeting in the library with the adjacent computer lab. You can’t miss the library since it’s the glass fronted room that faces the main office lobby area.
Bring your devices – there is guest wifi available.
You can come to the front entrance– the one-way driveway will feed you right in. There is limited parking in the front but parking on either side of the building is available. Most significant parking is around back. The driveway will curve right around to it.


Notes & Discussion
A big thank you to Jennifer Parker, Library Media Specialist at Arlington Memorial High School for hosting our April SW Meeting.

Here is a link to Jennifer Parker’s Infographics presentation. Think how powerful it is to mix creativity with the ability to present information in an easy-to-digest format. Infographics are a great communication tool!

Above you see photos of a short-take on Faraday Fridays, presented by Mark Klein, Technology Coordinator, Duxbury High School. Mark introduced us to electromagnetism using a variety of engaging activities.

Be sure to see both Jennifer’s and Mark’s presentations at Dynamic Landscapes on Friday, May 22 at Champlain College:

Session 1
Mark Klein – Faraday Fridays — 10 Minute STEM! Part1

Session 2
Jennifer  Parker – Join the Quest: Gamifying Your Classroom
Mark Klein – Faraday Fridays — 10 Minute STEM! Part 2

A sample infographic created by one of Jennifer’s students:

Contact the 2014-15 SW Regional Coordinator:
Susan Briere
Coordinator, IT Services
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
Phone: 802-247-5757 ext 24